In brief: Papua New Guinea’s Bank of South Pacific completes purchase of three Westpac Pacific operations, and other business news

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Bank of South Pacific finalises purchase of Westpac’s Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands banks; Special Economic Zone agreement in East Sepik and Santos reportedly buying into P’nyang gas field. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Port Moresby Chamber backs Northern Australia development for Papua New Guinea, and other business stories

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Port Moresby Chamber applauds development of Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea well-placed on global LNG stage, and SP Brewery launches new brew. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: new Bougainville Mining Act creates ‘uncertainty’ over Bougainville Copper’s rights, and other business stories

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Bougainville Copper to seek formal acknowledgment of Bougainville mining rights, Post PNG pays first dividend, and low-cost ‘squatter’ housing project in Fiji. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: National Petroleum Company prepares to raise investment billions, and other business stories

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National Petroleum Company to appoint a specialist debt-raising adviser for new oil and gas projects, Treasury says public debt above 35% limit and anti-corruption hotline more successful than expected. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Moves to reduce internet charges and other business stories

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New technology may reduce internet charges, Vanuatu assesses cyclone damage and Newcrest buys Wamum gold project. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Crime and violence affects 80% of Papua New Guinea businesses, and other business stories

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Crime and violence slowing business growth, Robusta coffee production to be boosted, and women’s bank launched

In brief: Government considers lift in minimum wage and other business stories

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Cabinet considers a rise in the minimum wage, Australia to involve private sector in aid delivery, and Oil Search expects huge annual cashflow from LNG plant. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Boost for roads and agriculture, tax review paper released, rubber production halts

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World Bank loan for roads and agriculture, draft tax review released and rubber farming halts in Western Province. Our summary of the week’s business stories.

Simberi owner St Barbara posts AUD$192 million loss

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ASX-listed gold producer, St Barbara Ltd, which owns the Simberi mine in Papua New Guinea’s New Ireland, has posted a full-year net loss of AUD$192 million (K409 million), due primarily to a lower gold price.